Learning to make Kenyan agriculture ‘climate-smart’

Including women and youth in the management of natural resources is one of the core messages of the new working paper on climate-smart agriculture. Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT)

Including women and youth in the management of natural resources is one of the core messages of the new working paper on climate-smart agriculture. Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT)

Kenyan farmers are well aware that their climate is becoming more unpredictable with climate change. The Kenyan government’s Climate Change Unit (CCU) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Kenya is now working closely with over 40 agricultural development project teams to learn what constitutes ‘climate-smart agriculture’. They are seeking evidence of which technologies, policies and strategies can help Kenyan farmers and other food system actors cope with an increasingly uncertain climate.

In October 2014, the CCU, along with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), convened a workshop with 56 experts from 22 different organizations and 2 National Ministries working on climate-smart agriculture across 30 counties in Kenya. These stakeholders from research, practice and policy were brought together to interactively share and analyse scientific evidence and field experience from a wide range of projects related to climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in integrated farming systems in Kenya.  Read the full blog.

 

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Susan Onyango

Susan Onyango

Susan Onyango is the communications specialist for climate change for the World Agroforestry Centre and is based at the headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. With over 12 year’s experience in communication, she promotes the World Agroforestry Centre’s work on climate change, writes blogs and provides communication advice and support to scientists. Susan holds a MA communication studies and a BA in English. Twitter: @susanonyango

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